High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Concord-Carlisle

Eye on POY: Massachusetts boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Mike O’Brien
Senior midfielder, Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)

2011 Team record: 15-3-1 (Division 2)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 2 state championship game

2011 Goals: 20
2011 Assists: 3
2011 Points per game: 1.00
Career goals: 46
Career assists: 11

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Pennsylvania

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied four goals and one assist in Concord-Carlisle’s seven-game run to the Division 2 state championship match. Directly responsible for 23 of the Patriots' 63 goals (36.5 percent). 2011 Boston Globe Division 2 Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American selection. Three-time Dual County League All-Star.

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